Eating healthy is one way to cut calories, but it’s limited. You can only cut so much food from your diet before you start cutting important nutrients. That’s why it’s so important to boost your metabolism with exercise. The type of exercise you do makes a difference. HIIT—high intensity interval training—causes afterburn, which increases the calories you burn by as much as 15%. HIIT isn’t a particular exercise, but a way of doing exercises where you vary the intensity between high intensity and recovery.
Seriously, your metabolism responds to eating. If you starve yourself, it can slow your metabolism. That’s a natural body function to ensure there’s enough calories for important organs, like the brain. However, eating plenty of protein at every meal can boost it and provide the nutrition necessary for building muscles, too. Protein uses a higher amount of calories to digest, plus it keeps you feeling fuller longer.
Lose the soft drink and grab a bottle of water. Just by doing that, you’ll cut the calories you consume and not affect your nutrition, either. However, when you drink water, it can also boost your metabolism for a short time. One study found that if you drink 17 oz of water, it can boost your metabolism by as much as 30% for an hour. Drinking it before a meal can help you feel fuller, so you eat less. Drinking green tea or oolong tea may increase the number of calories burned, as well. They contain phytochemicals that help boost fat burning when you exercise.
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